Drug Summit

The Kyogle News June 99

Drug Summit

Last week I participated in the NSW Drug Summit and to say it was an education would be an understatement.

I journeyed to Kings Cross Police Station viewing and inspecting first hand the law and order problems associated with drugs and prostitution. From the Cross to Kirketon Road Centre, then to Foley House, which provides short term residential treatment and rehabilitation for up to 10 people for a maximum three months. I certainly now appreciate what these various organisations and staff face in the day to day activities and I have the highest admiration for all organisations associated in any way.

I have developed a strong view that we need to provide our future generations with education immediately. Drug addicts and reformed users should be at the forefront of educating young people, they need to realise and see the consequences of taking drugs.

Final outcomes of the discussions were very disappointing especially the "change of heart" by Premier, Bob Carr in respect to his support on trialling safe injecting rooms. I am very concerned about "where we go from here?".

Interview Times

Interviews will be conducted in Casino on Tuesday 8 June at the Council Chambers and Kyogle Thursday 10 June at the Roxy Centre, Geneva Street, commencing at 9 am.

I'm looking forward to my "West of the Range" visit on Wednesday 9 June, calling into the following towns: Wiangaree, Grevillea, Woodenbong, Legume, Urbenville, Old Bonalbo, Bonalbo. Appointments and further details can be obtained by contacting my office.

Trustee Members Wanted

Applications are being invited from persons interested in being considered for appointment as a member of the Bonalbo Showground Trust. Further details can be obtained by contacting my office.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577